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US News Coronavirus in Brittany: Why the most vaccinated region of France remains on its guard

19:40  19 october  2021
19:40  19 october  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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if the health situation is controlled in the region, some signals, however, worry the health authorities

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it is well known, Brittany likes to display its singularity. The pandemic of COVID-19 brings the proof once again. If the region has been the least affected by the virus, it is also where the rate is the highest in France. According to the latest figures provided by the Regional Health Agency, 94.4% of the Breton population received at least one dose of vaccine, while the national average is 87.9%, and 92.7% of Bretons and Breton more than 12 years have a complete vaccination scheme. Since the start of the school year, the incidence rate is also free fall in Brittany with only 26 cases for 100,000 inhabitants recorded on October 8, compared with 110 on September 3rd. "We did not expect such a decline, it is a very good surprise," says Stéphane Mulliez, director of the AS Brittany.

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The situation being under control, the health authorities could therefore be tempted to relax a little pressure. It is not so. Because the pandemic has learned for twenty months not to shout victory too quickly. In Brittany, some signals also encourage caution. First of all, there is the incidence rate that has risen again for about ten days with now 36 cases for 100,000 inhabitants in the region. "But you have to be careful about analyzing these numbers due to the end of free testing," Temperete Stéphane Mulliez. Same on the number of hospitalizations that lower more with about 270 or 280 patients in institutions in the region. "We had 403 in September at the peak of the fourth wave that is behind us," says the director of the AS Bretagne.

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clusters in dancing teas or Belote clubs

The health authorities also carefully monitor the situation in seniors . Because after months of isolation, the latter have resumed their activities since the start of the school year, exciting the joys of dancing teas or parts of Belote. But barrier gestures may have remained at the locker room as six clusters have recently been detected in sitting sites for Seniors in Brittany. "Vaccination allows them to protect themselves against serious forms of the disease, but we must not relax," warns Stéphane Mulliez.

on vaccination, AS Brittany is also still growing, and especially at 25-49. "We still have 10% of this age group to go, it is more than among young people or the elderly," says Anne-Briac Bili, Director of Cabinet at the AS Bretagne.

More disturbing, about 3,000 people over 80 are still not vaccinated in the area. Some are refractory and will never vaccinate. But for others, isolated or fragile, the solution could be home vaccination. "There has already been an experimental phase in Finistère," says Anne-Briac Bili. We are now waiting to see how we can put this in place all over the territory from a technical and logistical point of view. »

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